“As we have so recently and publicly discussed, girls and women have “anger issues” in that they are socialized to not demonstrate anger, but instead to sublimate it where it can sometimes then manifest itself as anxiety or depression. Girls are not born less angry and more anxious, they’re rewarded for being less angry and more anxious. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that large groups of stressed out girls and women collectively facing the dissolution of a cohesive social structure might be more disposed to fall prey to mass psychosis. It is arguable that men and boys experience similarly jarring episodes of anger and anxiety-channelling mass psychosis, but we call it male aggression and fund military industrial complexes to deal with it.”—Soraya L. Chemaly, Stop Telling Girls They’re Hysterical (via san-antonio-rose)
I can’t pinpoint the moment in my life when I knew I was different, but I can tell you that Adrienne Rich, in part, saved me. I’ve always known, in some way, that being female is a special category; that I am oppressed. I watched and watch the woman who raised me accept the roles placed upon…
my friend is brave, strong, amazing, and one of the best conversationalists I know. I love you Annie, please keep writing and sharing and being super awesome.
It’s going to be scanned images of every page in my 3rd and 4th grade notebook! It’s a composition book filled with writing and drawings from my childhood. I promise it’s hilarious! Lots of embarrassing declarations of love and Pokemon.